All right – so going by the title of this blog I expect that you are hoping to have some heavily-researched uber-technical exploration of the benefits and shortcomings of Kindle versus Kobo.
Sorry, that’s some other guy’s blog.
All that I am going to talk about today are my own current experiences.
So far, I have made MORE money from Kobo than I have from Kindle.
I know that’s hard to believe. Everyone I tell that to sort of looks of me as if I am either telling a lie or else merely delusional.
Just this week I had a fellow writer at a pitch-the-producer workshop I was attending tell me that I just HAD to be doing something wrong – and I expect that I am. She told me to focus on getting four or five books into Kindle Select and watch the money roll in.
Well – this month I did have ONE book in the Kindle Select program and it did raise my Kindle sales to a high enough degree that I actually thought that this month was going to be the exception. I actually thought that this month I would make MORE on Kindle than I did on Kobo.
However, two of my books were part of a Kobo thirty percent off promotion.
Once that promotion kicked off my Kobo sales climbed through the roof. I made more this month than I had in any month of indie writing.
I made almost three hundred dollars this month on Kobo and about forty dollars on Kindle.
I know that a lot of you folks might consider that poor wages – but in 2013 my record month was about one hundred dollars. I have been aiming to hit the three hundred dollar a month mark this year and now I have done it. I figure my next step will be to get to the point where I am making three hundred a month – EVERY MONTH.
That won’t be easy. Kobo WON’T have a promotion that I fit in every month. That would be convenient – but life doesn’t work that way.
So what do I figure I need to do?
I need a few more e-books out there on the market – for starters. I have thirty independently-published e-books available on Kobo and about the same on Kindle. That’s a goodly number to start with – but I am pretty sure a few more would help in a big kind of way.
They can’t be just any sort of a book. They need a good story and a good cover and they need to be a good size. My top selling e-books are ALL full-sized novels and I need to keep building on that.
I need to generate a few more reviews as well. Kindle and Kobo alike – to help encourage prospective customers to buy my e-books and also to qualify for certain book promotions such as ENT and BOOKBUB.
I also need to promote my work a little more efficiently. I had some very good luck this year with some of the smaller promotional tweeting services – but I really want to try to get one of my upcoming novel releases available through BOOKBUB.
And lastly, I need to break that Kindle wall that somehow seems to be holding me back.
Let me be clear about this. I am STILL a staunch Kobo advocate – but if I want to tap into that big fat US marketplace I have got to somehow figure out what I am doing wrong on Kindle.
If any of you folks have any ideas I am more than willing to listen. Right now I have come to the point of believing that my Kindle e-books all smell funny.
Do me a favor and take a whiff and see if either of these books smell any different to you.
While you are sniffing your computer screen I am going to keep my fingers crossed that no one walks into your writing office and catches you at it.
yours in storytelling,